Friday, December 6, 2013

Global Climate Change Windfall Benefits Safety Net Recipients in Maine

If only...

Maine Governor Touts Economic Benefit Climate Change Will Have In His State
as per Think Progress

"Climate change could have economic benefit to Maine, the state’s governor said Thursday."
The The Northern Sea Route, a shipping passage from the East Coast of the U.S. to Asia, has historically been blocked most of the year due to sea ice. Recently, due to warmer temperatures, the passage has opened up — in 2011, 18 ships made the journey through the passage.
This, according to LePage, is good news.
“Everybody looks at the negative effects of global warming, but with the ice melting, the Northern Passage has opened up,” Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said at a conference on transportation. “So maybe, instead of being at the end of the pipeline, we’re now at the beginning of a new pipeline.”

AND that pipeline leads directly to increased revenues for those who need it most in Maine. It's the least we can do after this:

44,000 to lose Medicaid coverage in Maine

and this:

Maine Gov. LePage Unveils Budget That Guts Necessities For Main Street To Pay For Tax Cuts For Rich

and this:

Maine governor claims ’47 percent of able-bodied’ Mainers don’t work

Wait, what's that? (hand to ear like Jon Stewart) He's not going to use this windfall to shore up the State's safety net or expand healthcare? He's giving it to who? Because they must be more "virtuous"?.

Oh, never mind.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Drone Capitalism

Holy flying monkey-sharks!!

I didn't order that!

Amazon Tests Drones for Same-Day Parcel Delivery, Bezos Says


Additional Update!!

5 Reasons Why Drones Won’t Deliver Anything But Hype For The Foreseeable Future

We Report, You Decide.... heh

Monday, December 2, 2013

Capitalism Fail

'Tis the season to make money, Fa La La La La, la la la la.....
 (At least for some people, not the workers that's for sure)

A confluence of events this week. The Pope called for a "global economic system that puts people and not 'an idol called money' at its heart, Followed by Black Friday, the capitalists' wet dream where money meets desperation in this broken economy.

It is really a sad commentary on our economic system when our economic strength as a Country (capital C) rides on a religious holiday, built on the teachings of a guy who gave away all his shit? WTF?

Of course there are the usual random vids of violence at these events to celebrate a holiday based on the birth of a man who loved his neighbor as himself, turned the other cheek, and told the money-changers to get out of the temple.

Conservatives have no clue as to who he really was. In their conservative bubble, the real Jesus has been left behind... like an Education Program that I remember...

Republican Jesus...  

But, this guy seems to have a clue:

"Pope Francis has hit out at unbridled capitalism and the "cult of money", calling for ethical reform of the financial system to create a more humane society."

"In an impassioned appeal, the Argentinian pontiff said politicians needed to be bold in tackling the root causes of the economic crisis, which he said lay in an acceptance of money's "power over ourselves and our society".

"We have created new idols," he said in a speech in the Vatican. "The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal."

Attacking unchecked capitalism, the pope said the growing inequality in society was caused by "ideologies which uphold the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and thus deny the right of control to States, which are themselves charged with providing for the common good".

... Ethics, he said, were too often dismissed as a nuisance. "There is a need for financial reform along ethical lines that would produce in its turn an economic reform to benefit everyone," he said. "Money has to serve, not to rule."

But, can I still get my tax-break on my ridiculously expensive "Business Expense"?

Oh yes, the Church Exemption taxes thingy...  but that's another post for another day...